SERGIO AGGRO; Barca's Villa Could Replace Star Who Won City the Title PS38m Aguero Gives Mancini New Headache

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SERGIO AGGRO; Barca's Villa Could Replace Star Who Won City the Title PS38m Aguero Gives Mancini New Headache


Byline: EXCLUSIVE by Steve Bates

SERGIO AGUERO could be on his way out of the Etihad - with Barcelona star David Villa already being lined up as a mega-money replacement.

Striker Aguero was a PS38million signing from Atletico Madrid just 18 months ago.

And he will remain forever in the hearts of all Blue Moonies after his sensational late winner against QPR on the final day of last season that snatched the Premier League title from Manchester United's hands.

Sources close to the Argentinian striker claim his spirits are low and he has become unsettled at the club this season after their Champions League exit and amid dressing room unrest.

It is understood that City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano - with their strong Barca links - have identified Villa as a potential transfer target.

The Spaniard - a World Cup and European Championship winner - is said to be assessing his future at the Nou Camp following manager Pep Guardiola's departure in the summer.

Aguero - who scored the opener in City's 3-1 win at Newcastle yesterday - was upset at City boss Roberto Mancini for publicly criticising his strike-force over their lack of goals this season.

Mancini has made no secret of the fact he wants a proven new frontman after failing to land Robin van Persie, who joined arch-rivals United for PS24m from Arsenal.

RVP then rubbed City's noses in it with the late winner in Sunday's 3-2 derby victory at the Etihad.

Mancini's pop at his strikers - and midfielder Sami Nasri for his role in van Persie's goal last week - did not impress Aguero.

He has been eyed by both Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona - and City would expect to recoup his massive transfer fee if he moved on.

Villa, 31, was out for eight months last season and missed Spain's win at Euro 2012 after breaking a tibia in a Club World Cup match in Japan. …

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